Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hummus with Garlic


Hummus is one of the more popular Middle Eastern dips. Served with fresh or toasted pita bread or crackers or fresh veggies,hummus makes for a great snack or appetizer. Tahini is an important part of the hummus recipe and cannot be substituted. However, it can be omitted. Enjoy


What you Need:
1 16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
1 Roasted Red Pepper-diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

How to Make it:
Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.

Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.

Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).

Serve immediately with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, crackers or fresh veggies or cover and refrigerate.
Variations

For a spicier hummus, add a sliced red chile or a dash of cayenne pepper.
Storing Hummus

Hummus can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and can be kept in the freezer for up to one month. Add a little olive oil if it appears to be too dry.

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